Mark Brown, Field Fragments / Detritical Zone, 2009-2011
Found industrial paint fragment, text engraving and pigmentation, piezo-electric contact speaker, sound, Dimensions variable, Photography by Matthew Stanton
In response to Philipa Veitch’s Curatorial project Easy Listening I have conceived a series of small works that constitute a further development of an ongoing series of works entitled Field Artefacts. These works usually comprise of small to medium sized fragments of found industrial detritus and waste materials engraved with the Longitude and Latitude of the place where they were found and sometimes with texts denoting colloquial local names for these places. The addition of contact speakers to the objects also allows sound recordings from the site of discovery to be resonated through the physical material creating abstracted audio that the listener must approach the fragile object in order to discern the sound emanating from the artefact.
In Field Artefact / Detritical Zone I present a number of artefacts engraved not only with the Longitudinal and Latitudinal numerical text but also with engraved text of either a chapter title from a significant text relating to leftover spaces and post industrial decay or a paragraph from the given text. The sonic element consists of field recorded audio resonating through the object.
Mark Brown is a Sydney-based sound, installation and photo media artist exploring the phenomenology of space, architecture and acoustic atmospherics. Brown’s practice has evolved into a poetic response to site, critiquing the history and function of architecture by documenting and making manifest unseen and unheard phenomena in space.